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 Omnisphere by Spectrasonics is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin for Windows and Mac OS X. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, an RTAS Plugin and an AAX Plugin.
Omnisphere
Product Omnisphere
Developer Spectrasonics
Price (MSRP) $499 / €379
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 1.5.8d  - Released
 1.5.8d  - Released

Omnisphere combines a wide variety of hybrid realtime synthesis techniques, an epic library of 'Psychoacoustic' sounds, and many innovative features that have never been seen before in any hardware or software synthesizer.

Omnisphere is designed with a unique user interface containing progressive layers of 'zooming' to accommodate the complete range of users - from musicians who just want to be inspired by the sounds and customize them in an easy way, to expert synthesists and the most advanced sound designers. Users can go deeper and deeper into the software and progress in their synthesis knowledge by simply exploring additional levels of sound manipulation options. To make sure that all users get the most out of the new capabilities, Omnisphere includes an extensive set of video tutorials and synthesis lessons taught by the Spectrasonics sound design team.

Omnisphere offers a host of hybrid synthesis and new control capabilities including Variable Waveshaping DSP synthesis, Granular synthesis, Timbre Shifting, FM, polyphonic Ring Modulation, high-resolution streaming Sample Playback, Harmonia, Dual Multimode Filter structure, Chaos Envelopes, an advanced Unison mode, and the innovative Flex-Mod modulation routing system - to name a few.

The huge core library of Omnisphere is filled with years of creative sampling experiments and thousands of inspiring patches. Spectrasonics has pioneered several brand-new types of sampling for the core library of this instrument, including unique "Psychoacoustic" sounds and soundsources created with a new Composite Morphing Technique (CMT) - which morphs the harmonic characteristics of one instrument to another. As a bonus, a section of the core library is also devoted to representing the best of Spectrasonics sample libraries. When all of these organic core library soundsources are combined with the synthesis power of the STEAM engine, the sounds become "alive" in a truly dynamic and expressive way.

Among the many unique features this new multi-timbral synth offers are its flexible arpeggiators with the world's first Groove Lock integration with Stylus RMX - allowing the arpeggiator's pattern to instantly groove with the feel of the RMX drum loop; Live Mode for transitionless patch switching and layering, Stack Mode for powerful performance mapping; and integrated modulatable FX Racks.

Omnisphere is also the successor to Spectrasonics' popular Atmosphere instrument, and contains enhanced versions of all the classic Atmosphere sounds. However, the brand new core library in Omnisphere is 10-times the size of Atmosphere and features thousands of completely new and different sounds.

System Features:

  • Powerfully simple interface design makes key features accessible to every user.
  • Advanced users can "zoom" into deeper and deeper synthesis capabilities.
  • Sophisticated Browser with searching, sound attributes, descriptions and images.
  • 8 independent Arpeggiators.
  • World's first Arpeggiator with Groove Lock - which allows the Arpeggiators to match the feel of Stylus RMX and MIDI Files.
  • Special performance-oriented Live Mode interface allows for seamless, interactive creative patch switching and layering on the fly.
  • Stack Mode interface allows for complex patch layering, splits, and crossfades (velocity/positional/controller).
  • 8-part multi-timbral with built-in Mixer, Aux FX and Mastering FX racks.
  • Advanced MIDI Learn and Automation parameter handling.
  • Comprehensive integrated Reference Guide.
  • Hours of free Tutorial Videos available online to registered users.

Synthesis Features:

  • Oscillators can be sample-based or synth-based.
  • Up to 10 oscillators per patch with new Harmonia feature.
  • Flex-Mod modulation system allows powerful modular-style routing.
  • Dual Layer architecture.
  • High-definition streaming engine.
  • Variable DSP Oscillator Waveshapes.
  • Sophisticated Unison Detuning.
  • Variable Analog Feel.
  • Modulatable Hard Sync.
  • Granular Synthesis.
  • Innovative Chaos Envelopes.
  • Polyphonic Timbre Shifting.
  • Polyphonic Timbre Crushing.
  • Polyphonic Waveshaper.
  • Polyphonic Ring Modulation.
  • Polyphonic Glide.
  • FM Oscillators.
  • Dual Filter architecture per Layer.
  • Create filter combinations in series or parallel.
  • Arrange and blend more than 17 Filter algorithms.
  • Fully modulatable FX racks.
  • Alternate tuning scales supported.
  • 6 full-featured LFOs per patch.
  • 8 Advanced Multi-breakpoint looping Envelopes per patch.
  • Unique Dual Envelope interface - Simple ADSR-style or Advanced Graphic-style.
  • Sampled soundsources can be processed with synthesis features.

Sound Library:

  • Vast Core Library - over 40GB with thousands of sounds.
  • Cutting-edge sounds from the renowned Spectrasonics sound design team.
  • Innovative "Psychoacoustic" soundsources for organic synthesis.
  • Unique multisampled "Composite Morphing soundsources.
  • Integrates the award-winning, original Atmosphere core library.
  • Integrates best of Spectrasonics highly-acclaimed sample libraries.
  • Massive variety of inspiring sounds for all types of music production.
  • Searchable by sound attributes (Timbre, Genre, Mood, Tonality, Source, etc).
  • Expandable sound architecture.

Effects Features:

  • Integrated, full-featured FX Racks.
  • Up to 12 simultaneous FX per patch.
  • Layer FX modulatable from any mod source.
  • Hundreds of FX presets included.
  • Over 32 original FX Processors covering the full spectrum of signal processing.
Discussion: Active

Discussion

19 December 2013 at 1:59amslowdazzzle

@Introspective,.

You've owned Omnisphere for 5 years and don't know if it has a comb filter.??? And yet you claim to know all this other stuff about it???

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25 January 2014 at 8:24amadam2410
10 February 2015 at 11:43pmJavaJ

It shocking how little free patches there are for Omnisphere. So I will try uploading free ones I have been offering outside of my paid collection offerings. Also, check out www.worshipmusicians.org and the archive section for more free patches and resources. The Hillsong Omnisphere Sounds facebook group is also huge and growing- filled with lots of Omnisphere love so check it it out.

21 February 2015 at 5:28pmoutofspace

thank you Omnisphere.

22 May 2016 at 12:40pmFLPhantom

I bought the Spectrasonics Omnisphere Software not long after it came out. We purchased several pieces of software around the same time and registered most of them (some of them, not at that time.) Here is the problem. I have the 6 DVD discs and the box and Serial Number, all intact almost brand new as the day I bought it. The serial number is directly printed on the Instruction Booklet.

Here is the problem. I do not remember registering this product. If we did, it was when I had 3 Studio Engineers working for us. One of them might have done so. However, there is no doubt I own the software. When I recently found this software, I went to install and register it. I tried registering the software, and the prompt says: "This Software is already Registered." So, then I try my 3 - 4 various emails that could have possibly been used, and all of those are "Unrecognized". The Registration will not go through, as it says the "Registration Email on File" is not on file. So, I tried to register it based on the Serial Number. It then tells me that the Registration Email has been notified and to go into that email to follow the Activation Process. Well, none of the 4 accounts that I could have / would have registered it on shows the email to activate the software.

I call in to Spectrasonics. I tell them the story. They will not tell me the email that is is "registered under". And, I assure them that I am the sole owner of this software product. And, if it WAS originally registered, it was done so in MY own studio where there were others working in my employment. The Support Person I am given could have not been more rude / accusatory.

She then tells me that I would need to go to prove my "ownership" via the original Purchase Receipt. That was in 2011! I go back through my records and find it from Thoroughbred Music. It was purchased for $479.00. But, when I called the store to get a reprint, they tell me they only keep records back from 2 years. And, they can not give me a printed record, only a Receipt Number. I called Spectrasonics back and offer the Receipt Number, but the girl tells me that will not do. My credit card receipt from that date, does not list the item I purchased, but only the PLACE from which I purchased.

Can anyone tell me HOW I can set up and USE this software AS THE OWNER of it, with the original BOX, ORIGINAL DVDS, INSTRUCTION MANUAL WITH the ACTUAL / ORIGINAL REGISTRATION NUMBER intact??? I am really disappointed in Spectrasonics. I spent almost $500 on this software and cannot even USE IT!

Thanks in advance.

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